Thank you Bee-dubya-ell,
I have wanted to say the same thing for a long time, but figured I'd be a blade of grass in a hurricane.
Kerry sealed his own fate by trying to make himself out to be a war hero. Everyone seems to think that the veterans who spoke out against him were a bunch of crazed neanderthals who made up a bunch of stuff and threw it at Kerry, hoping some of it would stick. The fact is Kerry made a lot of veterans very angry by his post war antics, and when he tried to "re-invent" himself, ala Bubba Clinton, they were ready for him.
Kerry wanted to be Kennedy reincarnated, complete with an up-to-date PT 109 story. This time it didn't fly. Kerry was no Kennedy, and his "I was a war hero before I hated the war before I loved the war" rhetoric just became too nauseating for some real vets to stomach. They gave their opinion, that Kerry was unfit for leadership. I, for one, am glad they did. It let me know that (1) many men served with honor in the Swift Boats, and (2) Kerry was not one of them.